The Team

Darren Bishop (Daz)

Discipline:  Wakeboard
Birthday:  22 March 1988
Where were you born?  Tauranga
Where do you currently Live?  Tauranga
What’s your life philosophy?  Life's short so make the most of it!!!
Who’s the most important person / people in your life and why?  Mum & Dad for always supporting me in everything I do!
What’s your favourite music / artists / bands?  Anything and Everything! Got to mix it up
Favourite Food?  Fish straight out the sea!!!
What boat or Cable do you own / ride behind?  2004 Mastercraft X2
How much ballast do you run?  3500 lbs
How fast do you ride?    36KPH
What’s your rope length?  75ft
What’s your home lake / river / cable?   Lake Karipiro on the waikato river 
Favourite place to ski or ride and why?  Lake ohakuri ( has a vast variety of scenery, many different arms to hide from different winds and not to mention the multiple natural hot water springs to relax in after your ride )
List career finishes / highlights by year with location:  multiple podium finishes at New Zealand regional and national events over the past 10 years
What are 2017 goals?  trying to get back on top of my game after a knee surgery last year, aiming for a win at the New Zealand nationals and hoping to represent NZ at the next IWWF Worlds
What series will you compete in in 2017?  New Zealand
What are your long term career goals?    Keep riding as good as i can and have as much fun as possible along the way
What’s your best advice?  Keep it fun! That's why we all start riding and that's why we should continue to ride!
Who are additional sponsors?    Ejected Industries & Freestyle Watches
What board / ski / kneeboard do you ride ad what size?  Obrien CTP 141cm
What bindings do you ride and what size?  Obrien Nomads size 11-13
What lifejacket do you wear?  Obrien 
What rope and handle do you use?  Obrien

    Snapchat @daz_bishop


Morgan Haakma

Discipline: Wakeboard
Birthday: 25/02/1997
Where were you born? New Plymouth
Where do you currently Live? Hamilton
What’s your life philosophy? Always embrace the power of positivity.
Who’s the most important person / people in your life and why? My parents because I love them the most and they are my biggest supporters
What’s your favourite music / artists / bands? Counting Crows, Fleetwood Mac, Jack Johnson 
Favourite Food? Italian/Mexican
What boat or Cable do you own / ride behind? Master Craft X2
How much ballast do you run? Whatever’s going
How fast do you ride? 22 I think… I have no idea
What’s your rope length? 67.5 ft
What’s your home lake / river / cable Lake? Maraetai, Mangakino
Favourite place to ski or ride and why? Florida - because its so much warmer!!
List career finishes / highlights by year with location: 
Winning Junior Women’s at the New Zealand National Champs 2015, Lake Karapiro, NZ. 
Coming 3rd in the Open Woman’s division at the 2014 Gravel Tour Stop #3, OWC, Florida. Competing in the 2015 IWWF Wakeboard World Champs in Cancun, Mexico.
What are 2017 goals? To make the NZ Worlds Team for Spain
What series will you compete in in 2017? Mainly New Zealand Competitions
What are your long term career goals? Finish my degree in Sport and Leisure Studies at the University of Waikato - get a fun job outdoors
What’s your best advice? Listen to your body when you’re training, because there’s only so much it can handle before it breaks!
Who are additional sponsors? Freestyle Performance Watches NZ, Aspire Chiropractors Hamilton, Taranaki Elite Athletes Foundation
What board / ski / kneeboard do you ride and what size? Boat: Spark 133cm Cable: SOB 132cm
What bindings do you ride and what size? Boat: Nomad 4-6 Cable: Spark 4-6
What lifejacket do you wear? Spark

    Snapchat @morganhaakma
    
Anything Else? I am on the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship at the University of Waikato, for excelling in leadership, academia, and a sport or creative art (Sport - Wakeboarding)

Mike Brown

Discipline: Wakeboard
Birthday: 22/09/1987
Where were you born? Wellington
Where do you currently Live? Mt Maunganui
Who’s the most important person / people in your life and why?  Girlfriend-friends
What’s your favourite music / artists / bands? Rap/drum & Bass/Reggae          
Favourite Food? Lollies
What boat or Cable do you own / ride behind?  Anyone who will tow me
How much ballast do you run?  As much as possible
How fast do you ride?  Whatever speeds good for the size wake
What’s your rope length?  75 ft
What’s your home lake / river / cable?  Karapiro
Favourite place to ski or ride and why?  Cable parks overseas, better features
What are 2017 goals?  Improve my riding
What series will you compete in in 2017?  All NZ comps
What board / ski / kneeboard do you ride and what size?  Rome 138
What bindings do you ride and what size?  9-11 Nomads
What lifejacket do you wear? Obrien Wake NCGA



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